The fruits of summers past















































  1. Gene Quizana said,

    July 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    masarap KALUMPIT, actually to ang hinabilin ko sa nanay ko ng umuwi ng PINAS mgdala ng KALUMPIT. . sarap nakaksugat ng ngidngid, pero worth it nmn , ginawang jam, pero pag Fresh pdng kalugin sa asin hhaiz

  2. June 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm


    How I miss those “buru” and “mayumu”!!!

    Toto G.

  3. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    June 8, 2011 at 4:00 am

    In Bacolor during the November fiesta, our housekeeper had several, extra large “garafon”.

    In it were preserved peeled whole santol, bayabas, small indian mangoes, whole kamias, kundol.

    Do Pampangos still make those?

  4. BJ Vergara said,

    June 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Pajo, aka pahutan.

    like a miniature mango. you bite the pointed end of the fruit and suck the flesh from there. matamis .

  5. BJ Vergara said,

    June 6, 2011 at 6:30 am


    a sweet yellow fruit the size of a corn bit. the leaves are used in our town to decorate posts during graduations and other festivities. the leaves do not wither easily.

  6. Myles Garcia said,

    May 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Speaking of “fruits,” genuine, rotting or forbidden, I found this link.

    It’s actually VERY CORNY; very unfunny (even for an Imelda non-fan. The GMA page is a little funnier, but by not much.) It’s trying too hard to be like The Onion…but it is miles off. I don’t know who the hacks behind it are.

  7. Myles Garcia said,

    May 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Ipe, forgot about “caimito” and “bayabas”…rhyming with Tayabas. I guess it’s been a long time.

  8. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Myles, the guava is there on the list. Bayabas is the Filipino name for guava.

    As regards your question, my guess is: the TOMATO.

  9. Myles Garcia said,

    May 19, 2011 at 6:21 am

    OK, the answer to the Trivia question is the “kamatis.”

    “You say kamatis, I say tomato
    You say patatas, I say potato
    Kamatis, patatas, tomato, potato…
    Let’s call the whole thing off.”

    Botanically, a tomato is considered a “fruit,” but for culinary purposes, it is recognized as a vegetable. So it is odd that this is the one “fruit” that does not show up in “fruit salad.”

  10. chuchi constantino said,

    May 19, 2011 at 1:15 am

    did anybody mention tambis? the pink and white varieties. isn’t the tambis from the macopa family?

  11. Myles Garcia said,

    May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    where is the damned guava?? (Still NOT the answer.)

  12. Catherine de Guzman said,

    May 18, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Add to the list mabolo, anonas, kalumpit.

  13. Myles Garcia said,

    May 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    The fruit that is never thrown into fruit salad is the ‘bading’! Or is that considered a ‘fruitcake’? 🙂

    Just kidding, folks. Sorry, couldn’t resist. BTW, that wasn’t the real answer to the trivia question. One more day…

  14. Presy Guevara said,

    May 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Before the advent of TV, a contest on peeling camachile seeds was a game among Filipino children. The object of the game was to remove the black skin of the camachile seed without removing the whiter skin. If the white skin is torn and the inner seed is exposed, the contestant starts with a new seed. Whoever sucessfully finishes first wins. The game can extend to boredom.

    Some new wines have been developed from a few of the listed fruits such as duhat. They are now available in the market. I have not seen Balimbing (Carambola in Latin Amerca) wine on shelves though. A chemist neighbor used to make this wine but he never put it out for sale. He used to press the juice out, strain it into a dama juana which he seals tightly before burying it into the ground. The substance then ferments to the right age under constant temperature better than in any storage room.

  15. May 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Went to Ilocos Sur last December, I had my first taste of yellow meat pakwan which we bought for a very cheap price at Candon

  16. Edwin D. Castro said,

    May 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I have not seen zapote lately, a sweet, big green fruit with black meat inside. It’s also known as “taklang damulag” in Pampanga.

  17. Myles Garcia said,

    May 17, 2011 at 12:37 am

    How about ‘strawberry’ (Baguio…but have they imported the Israeli technology where these become the jumbo-sized berries?)?

    Trivia question: what is also considered a ‘fruit’ (even as legislated by the U.S. Congress), but you never see it in fruit salad? This fruit grows in the RP. Answer will appear in a post 48 hrs. later.

  18. Alicia Perez said,

    May 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm


    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! These are precisely the fruit trees, shrubs, climbers I want in my new garden! My landscape architect will have to find every single one. Why these wonderful plants fell out of favor in fashionable Manila gardens after the 1950s is beyond me. Off with all those exotic palms and prickly bromeliads… absolutely useless!

    Alicia Perez

  19. Presy Guevara said,

    May 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Indeed there is a big difference between Madre de Cacao and Cacao, Toto. Oh, I have not eaten Cacao fruit but I heard it tastes good right from the pod. Cacao is normally a small tree with broad leaves and sweet smelling blossoms. The fruits are large pods containing seeds coated with the pulp which are in turn converted into a godly drink. It seems more profitable to process its fruit into the chocolate in form of tableas or balls that we all savor as a drink better than the chocolate mixes from Switzerland and other parts. The Cacaoate, also known as Madre de Cacao blooms beautifully although not as profusely and as showy as the cherry trees of Japan. The blossoms are nearly odorless and the wood serves as good fuel. I have not heard of anyone venturing to eat or imbibe its side products, although I’ve seen some goats nibbling its leaves.

    BTW, we might as well add Melon de Alambre (cantaloupe), Melon Kastila, and Melon Tagalog (I wonder if anybody grows these anymore since the importation of Honeydew). Is the Pakwan Hapon (yellow meat inside) still available?

  20. May 16, 2011 at 5:22 am


    Actually, I’ve never tasted the “madre de cacao” fruit [ or was it simply called “cacao”? ]. The oldies said that it was a yummy fruit from which they would remove the seeds, dry them, peel them, and pound them for the “chocolate” to make into “tableas” tablets for “chocolate eh” in the afternoons.

    “Balubad,” “Calumpit”… Thank you for those exotic additions to our summer fruits list!

    Toto Gonzalez

  21. Presy Guevara said,

    May 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Isn’t Madre de Cacao also known as Cacaoate which is not edible? How about adding Balubad or Kasoy (cashew)? The fleshy fruit is cubed and lightly salted. Has anybody tasted cereales? The ripe fruit is kneaded between thumb and fingers to soften it before eating. Its few seeds have to be expelled. Calumpit or wild plum can be eaten when ripe but tastes better if preserved into sweet champuy.

  22. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

    How could I also forget the Pakwan?

  23. May 15, 2011 at 8:41 am


    Great additions!!! Thanks!!!

    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  24. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Piña, Dalandan, Dalanghita, Balingbing, Macopa, Chessa, Manzanitas, and the Davaoeño favorites — Durian and Marang.

    Myles, the “Star Apple” is called Caimito.

  25. Myles Garcia said,

    May 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    larry leviste wrote: The fruits of this summer are so sweet due to climate changing before our very eyes.


    Well, more the condition and nutrients from the soil rather than the climate. The warmer climate helps ripen them but really does NOT contribute to their innate sweetness. I mean I never heard of a kalamansi being sweeter in the summer vs. NOT in the colder months. It’s acrid, acidic and citric all year round.

  26. larry leviste said,

    May 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    The fruits of this summer are so sweet due to climate changing before our very eyes.

  27. Myles Garcia said,

    May 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    3 more: rambutan, star-apple and to me, the MOST sublime tropical fruit of all: mangosteen.

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